College of Education Newsletter
Message from the Dean:
The number of high school students is expected to fall by 6.8% or 1 million students from 15.4 million in 2022 to 14.3 million in 2028 (Hechinger Report). In Arkansas, it is projected there will be a -20% + decrease in enrollment (UCA Resource Optimization Initiative). Additionally, high school graduates are projected to come from increasingly diverse backgrounds. What does this mean for universities? We will be competing for a smaller number of students and must increase our efforts to retain the students we enroll. We are going to need to support our diverse students by increasing efforts toward educational equity. Universities are going to need to build institutions designed for student success. This makes our College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) program on the forefront of change. Services offered at universities by those persons who graduate from a CSPA program will have a profound impact on our ability to recruit, retain, support, advise, and graduate future college students. Fortunately, our program is up to the challenge. Our CSPA program makes sure it's graduates are prepared to engage and support a diverse student population by offering personalized services to meet student's needs, providing timely academic support, improving student advising and coaching, and preparing students for the rigor of college. So the next time you see Dr. Barclay or Dr. Bruick, thank them for their work. Our success partially depends on their field.
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COE Receives Multiple Grants:
The COE was recently awarded an Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) STEM Computer Science Education grant. The ADE funded a STEM project several years ago. The balance from the grant was not expended completely. Dr. Vicki Groves-Scott (COE Dean) worked with the ADE to gain permission to spend the remaining $100,000. The ADE asked for the remaining money to go directly toward computer science education. Dr. Groves-Scott stated, "With the new Instructional Technology (ITEC) track in computer science education, we have been able to send faculty to conferences related to technology and computer science education and purchase equipment to support the new computer science education endorsement. We are extremely excited about the computer science endorsement and look forward to meeting the state's need for highly skilled computer science K-12 teachers."
Some of the technology items purchased with the grant include: iPad cart with 20 iPads and Apple Pencils for the department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education, iPad cart with 20 iPads and Apple Pencils for the Technology Learning Center, iPad cart with 20 iPads and Apple Pencils for the department of Teaching and Learning, 3 Sphero Bolt Power Packs, 12 Lego Mindstorms EV3 Core Sets, 4 Cue Robots, 8 Sketch Kits for Dash and Cue Robots, Cubelets Inspired Inventors Pack, Hummingbird Bit Classroom Bundle, Lego WeDo ReadyGo 8 Student Pack, 4 Sphero RVR's, 4 Raspberry Pi Kits, 4 Raspberry Pi Touch Screens, Lego EV3 Space Challenge Sets, and several other technology tools.
The COE was also awarded a $75,000 two -year grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) to begin work to establish a UCA Normal School Center for Educational Equity (NSCEE). In preparation for the center, the college has initiated a partnership with the Disruptive Educational Equity Project (DEEP) to create UCA DEEP. Dr. Vicki Groves-Scott, Dean of the College of Education, is working with a leadership team to organize the DEEP training. Dr. Charlotte Green has been instrumental in creating connections with the Harvard DEEP leadership. Along with Dr. Groves-Scott and Dr. Green, Drs Michael Mills, Donna Wake, Candice Barnes, and Melissa Smith will become DEEP trainers.
UCA Child Study Center NAEYC Accreditation:
The Child Study Center (CSC) recently passed accreditation through The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The process began in September 2019 and allows the CSC to be accredited for five more years.
For the accreditation process, the CSC had to assemble a portfolio with evidence for 198 different NAEYC standards in areas such as teaching, curriculum, relationships, assessment, leadership, community engagement, and physical environment. They also had a site visit that included classroom observations and a building inspection. The CSC has been accredited through NAEYC for 10+ years.
The Child Study Center is an inclusive preschool that serves children ages 3-5. A big congratulations to the staff of the CSC: Whitney Burns (Director/Teacher), Regnia Hite (Teacher), and Gretchen Price (Teacher).
Impacting Tomorrow Summit:
The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and UCA’s College of Education hosted the Impacting Tomorrow Summit on Fri., Feb. 21, 2020 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Around 350 high school students who are interested in pursuing teaching as a career participated.
Students had the choice to participate in 3 Educators Rising competitions and general sessions. The competitions included: Lesson Planning, Educators Rising Moment, and Inside Our Schools. The winners of the competitions will be sponsored by DESE to attend the national Educators Rising conference in Washington, DC this summer.
The general sessions were presented by UCA professors, 2 UCA student panels, the 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Arch Ford Education Cooperative, Wilbur Mills Education Cooperative, Arkansas River Education Cooperative, and Northwest Arkansas Cooperative. Students engaged in sessions that focused on passion for teaching, escape room, student engagement, trauma informed care, robotics, using apps to increase student engagement, engineering design, teacher dispositions, experiential learning, and using riddles, jokes, and poems to teach inferring.
Dr. Nykela Jackson organized the day. Thanks to everyone who helped with making this event a success.
Family S.T.E.A.M. Night at Anne Watson Elementary:
Anne Watson Elementary students were presented with over 12 S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) stations to try out during the event. They also were taught about vortexes by staff from The Museum of Discovery. The COE hosted an Osmo station led by Ms. Hankins, a Sphero station led by Dr. Hu with assistance from her son Jimmy, and an Ozobot station led by Ms. Earls with assistance from Ms. Ponder.
Where Are They Now:
Ms. Ashley Hammett:
Ashley said, "I am most proud of the work Greenbrier has done to ensure that our students are getting evidence based reading instruction. Springhill was recognized as a National Distinguished School for 2018 and was featured on a national platform with PBS and Education Week for our work in the area of serving our dyslexic population."
Dr. Jeremy Owoh:
Dr. Jeremy S. Owoh is the Superintendent of Schools for the Pine Bluff School District. The Camden native has a BSE degree in English Education from the University of Central Arkansas, a master's degree in secondary education, an educational specialist degree in educational leadership, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Prior to being named PBSD Superintendent, Jeremy was the assistant commissioner for educator effectiveness and licensure at the Arkansas State Department of Education. Jeremy was the founding assistant superintendent for the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District at the time that the district was being carved out of the Pulaski County Special district.
Before serving as an assistant superintendent of curriculum/instruction and desegregation in the Jacksonville/North Pulaski district, Jeremy was principal at Little Rock's J.A. Fair High School for four years; Pulaski County Special's Fuller Middle School, and assistant principal at North Little Rock's Ridgeroad Middle school.
He started his teaching career as an English teacher at Little Rock's Parkview Magnet High School, where he worked from 2003 to 2008.
Ms. Julie Wallace:
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Dr. Jud Copeland:
Dr. Alicia Cotabish:
Dr. Alicia Cotabish, Associate Professor in the department of Teaching and Learning, recently had a book chapter published. Her chapter title is Tenacity and is in the new book "W.O.W. factor: 52 Thoughts from Thought Leaders." Dr. Cotabish stated, "The thing that excites me is to be included with such notable thought leaders." She added, "In summary, it is like "Chicken Soup for the Soul" for professionals."
You can learn more about the book by going to www.wowfactor.live.
Dr. Nancy P. Gallavan:
Nancy P. Gallavan has been an active member of ATE since 1995. Nancy is dedicated to mentoring colleagues (in the CoE, at UCA, across the U.S, and especially in ATE) as well as classroom teachers, and candidates (teacher education and leadership doctoral) in their educational journeys. Her mentoring helps to advance their knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to teaching, learning, and schooling. Specifically, Nancy’s passion and purpose in teacher education resonate in promoting ethics, equity, and efficacy evident in teaching, scholarship, service, and collegiality. As a colleague wrote in her nomination, Nancy certainly models the words of Albert Einstein, “A life lived for others is the only life worth living.” Nancy has served as Association President, Board Member, Communications Committee Chair, Teacher Self-Efficacy Commission Chair, and Online Teaching and Learning Commission Chair. Additionally, Nancy served as the co-editor of the annual ATE Yearbook of Research for seven years. Nancy also has received three Presidential Service awards, the LaureATE Award, and the Distinguished Member award.
Dr. Odunola Oyeniyi:
Dr. Odunola Oyeniyi, Assistant Professor in the department of Leadership Studies, recently received a UCA College of Education Research and Scholarly Activities Award grant. The Research and Scholarly Activities Award is dedicated to supporting project implementation that benefit from additional funding.
Dr. Oyeniyi will use this award in support of her suicide prevention program among first-year college students on campus. She will focus on teaching the participants some self-harm coping techniques, building emergency contacts, improving social support, and offering motivational material. This tactic is designed to enable participants to stay mindful, remain positive, and to keep participants safe by drastically reducing the tendency of self-harm.The program started in January and will involve all first-year students from different departments. Dr. Oyeniyi stated, "By adding suicide preventon to a school's program, students are better able to handle and address suicidal thoughts or intentions. Prevention can save lives, especially those of first-year college students populations who are at higher risk."
Dr. Stefanie Sorbet:
You can listen to the podcast by going to http://bit.ly/3aPT1U2.
According to the Staff Senate employee of the quarter email, nominations are evaluated on outstanding job performance, time frame of the performance, and overall contribution to the University. Each winner receives recognition and prizes, including recognition at the Employee Service Awards (April, 2020) and a reserved parking spot.
Michael Herren was recently named as one of 35 Arkansas educators to receive a $2,000 sponsorship from the Arkansas Department of Education. The sponsorship assists educators with expanding their knowledge of computer science and gives them the opportunity to network with other educators from around the world at the Computer Science Teachers Association conference, which will be held in Arlington, Virginia July 11–15, 2020.
Michael is currently enrolled in the Instructional Technology (ITEC) program at UCA. He teaches Robotics, Competition STEM, Engineering Technology/Cinematography at Washington Middle School in El Dorado.
For more information about the Arkansas Co-Teaching Project please visit https://www.arcoteaching.com.